Friday, January 18, 2013

Tall Bearded Iris ZILLIONAIRE

Two of the greatest rich gold tall bearded irises growing at home are 'Pirates Quest' (Schreiner '91) an early bloomer and the late blooming 'Zillionare' both '90's vintage Irises. A great golden eye catcher that is a pleasing end to the Tall Bearded season. The texture is velvety gold,the form is wide, flared and ruffled and stands up well to rough spring weather. Bloom season extends over several weeks.  As a measure of this Iris worth is that Barry Blyth still listed 'Zillionare' in his Tempo Two Catalogue 10 years after its introduction and as anyone who receives Barry's catalogues on a regular basis will tell you Irises very rarely last that long in the 'Tempo Two' General Listing section. 

Tempo Two, Pearcedale, Victoria. 1996-97 Iris,
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ZILLIONAIRE (Blyth 96 Aust) ML 38" We have struck it rich in colour with this one. Standards are rich gold and the falls are a shade deeper with a faint tan shading. Beards are a huge mustard gold. A burst of colour that is so unexpected at the end of the season. Wide flared and ruffled. Stands up to rough weather very well. Lovely branching and a good grower. Sister to many coming from this cross (Dance Man X Rembrandt Magic) Sdlg.A63-8

AIS Checklist 1999
ZILLIONAIRE Barry Blyth, Reg 1996, Sdlg. A63-8. TB, 38" (97 cm), ML Standards rich gold; Falls deeper gold, faint tan shading; beards mustard gold; slight fragrance. Dance Man X Rembrandt Magic. Tempo Two 1996/97.

Available in New Zealand from Glanavon Iris Patch, Gisborne, see link in New Zealand Iris Growers tab above.

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